[Welcome] New Members for February 13, 2010

Please welcome our newest members!

Diana Mae Smithstone
Smithstone jewelry
Sweetwater, NJ. USA

fairly new to jewelry making; interested in metalsmithing; currently
doing wire work and very basic soldering/bezel setting in copper.
Interested in learning repousse, etching, trying different
patination techniques and materials; basically anything that
texturizes and colorizes metal (along with shaping it, of course).
Also using gemstone and handmade glass beads, cabs, in my work.

Missy Broeker
Springfield, IL. USA

I’ve been making jewelry for 11 years…using mainly freshwater
pearls and sterling silver.

Ashley Santana
Baltimore, Md. USA

Hi! I’m a Junior at Towson University studying Art with a
concentration in Interdisciplinary Object Design!

Sharon D Smith
Erie, PA. USA

I’m a jewelry artist/metalsmith living in Erie, PA. I graduated with
an MA in Studio Art- Jewelry/Metals from Edinboro University, where
I studied under the amazing duo of Sue Amedolara & Cappy Counard.
I’m planning on starting on my MFA in Metals this fall.

Pat Wexelblat
Tiger Lily Workshop
Merion Station, PA. USA

I grew up in Delaware County PA in the 40’s and 50’s. I’ve been a
country dance musician. I’ve been a machine knitter and sweater
designer. I am both a first and now a happy second wife.

Nowadays I make and sell mid-range jewelry using beads both
purchased and created, wire, fused silver, polymer clay, yarn, and
bits of old jewelry. Interweave Press has published some of my
designs. I teach now and then.

I’ve taken classes in silver soldering, fine silver fusing, and
copper etching. I read techniques articles and books. (Mark Lareau
and Tim McCreight are two favorites.) I’m not far from being a “jack
of all trades, master of none”. There are so very many different
things I want to learn. I want to learn how to focus my creative
energies. I want to learn how to write instructions that consider
the different ways people learn. I want to perfect the skills I

My favorite type of television program is the How-Do-They-Do-That
kind of thing, almost regardless of what “that” is.